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  •  Wayne LaPierre should be ashamed of himself. (21+ / 0-)

    He won't be - but the members of his Board of Directors need to explain why he has not been fired. This is the season to do it.

    Joe Allbaugh is a former FEMA director, current board member and serves as a lobbyist.

    Buster Bachhuber is a retired Wisconsin Attorney and current board member.

    Carol Bambury is a professor at Thomas Cooley School of Law and current NRA board of directors member.

    Bob Barr is a former Georgia Republican Representative and current board member.

    Ronnie Barrett is the founder of Barrett Firearms and current NRA board of directors member.

    Clel Baudler is an Iowa H.O.R. Republican representative and current NRA board of directors member.

    Ken Blackwell is a former S.O.S. for the state of Ohio and serves on the Republican National Comm. And is a current board member.

    Matt Blunt Former Missouri republican Governor and current member of the NRA board.

    John Bolton is a former U.N ambassador and a Fox News Channel contributor and serves as the Chairman of the International Affairs Committee for the NRA.

    Dan Boren is an Oklahoma Representative and Democrat as well as a current board member for the NRA.

    Bob Brown is the head of the Soldier of Fortune Magazine and current NRA board member.

    Pete Brownell is the Brownell’s Inc. President and Grandson of the famous gunsmithing supplies outlet’s founder.  He is a current NRA board member.

    John Burtt is the Board Chairman for the .50 Caliber institute.  Mr. Burtt is a current NRA board of directors member

    Dave Butz is a former player in the NFL and a current board member.

    Richard Childress is a former NASCAR driver and current board member for the NRA.

    Larry Craig is a former Idaho Senator and Republican and is a current board member.

    “Gunny” Lee Ermey is a current board member for the NRA, a well known gun figurehead and industry specific celebrity as well as an actor, who played a Gunny Sergeant in the Kubrick film “Full Metal Jacket”, a role that made him a famous firearms and military icon.

    Manny Fernandez is a lobbyist and current NRA board of directors member.

    Sandy Froman is a female former president of the National Rifle Association and a current board member.

    Jim Gilmore is a Virginia former Governor and a Republican; current board member.

    Marion Hammer is a female board member for the NRA as well as a current lobbyist and former NRA President.

    Graham Hill is a current NRA board member and a Director for the .50 Caliber Institute as well as a lobbyist.

    Steve Hornady is the President of Hornady Ammunition and the son of the Founder of the company.  Mr. Hornady is also a Board member for the National Rifle Association.

    Roy Innis is the Charmain of the C.O.R.E. and a current member of the NRA Board of directors.

    Joaquin Jackson is a current B.O.D. member of the NRA and is a prominent Texas Ranger formerly.

    David Keene is the Current President of the National Rifle Association and a lobbyist.

    Tom King is NY state Rifle and Pistol Assn. and currently on the NRA board of directors.

    Herbert Lanford is the NRA’s State Assn. president and current member of the NRA B.O.D.

    Wayne LaPierre is the Current and longstanding Executive VP and the CEO of The NRA, and functions as a lobbyist for the gun industry.

    Karl Malone is a current board member and former NBA superstar for the Utah Jazz.

    John Milius is a movie industry powerhouse with several hit movies on his resume as a producer, director or screenwriter. Mr. Milius is a current member of the board of the NRA.

    Buz Mills is a board member and the owner of the famous Gunsite, a training facility catering to the gun industry and civilians, military and law enforcement.

    Cleta Mitchell is a female NRA board member and an Attorney.

    Grover Norquist is Founder of the Americans for Tax Reform organization and author.  Mr. Norquist is a very influential member of the civilian community and is a current board member.  Many believe Grover Norquist to be one of the most powerful political influencers in the United States.

    Chuck Norris is an actor and popular cult figure and celebrity.  He is a Celebrity Spokesperson and figurehead for the National Rifle Assn.

    Oliver North is a patriot and a current member of the board.  He is a well known figure in the Iran Contra debacle.

    Ted Nugent is a Rock and Roll Icon in America, and carries that rockstar attitude and In your face style to the NRA’s camp.  He is a board member for the NRA currently.

    John Nugent Indiana Senator and Board member.

    Jay Printz, a former Montana Sheriff and a board member.

    Todd Rathner is an NRA board member and a lobbyist for the industry as well as the owner of a Safari guide company.

    Kayne Robinson is a former president of the NRA and is a divisional Executive Director currently.

    Wayne Anthony Ross is an NRA board of directors member and an attorney heavily involved in Alaskan politics and militia works.

    Ron Scmeits is a board member and a banking executive.

    Tom Selleck is an American Actor and celebrity board member for the NRA.

    John Sigler, a former NRA president is a member of the board.

    Don Young, Alaska Representative and NRA board of directors member.

    The list comes from a very disgruntled life-time member of the NRA.

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

    by llbear on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 09:29:48 AM PST

    •  wow... (15+ / 0-)

      oliver north is as much a patriot as ted nugent is a rock and roll icon.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 09:52:34 AM PST

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    •  Cult figures? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Well.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Shame on them.

      I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

      by Lilyvt on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:20:45 AM PST

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    •  It's not even them. They're just lobbyists. (11+ / 0-)

      Drew Magary explained who the real culprits are: the gun manufacturers.  Quick, name the CEOs of the major gun manufacturers.  Oh, you can't?  There's a reason for that; they don't want you to know who they are.

      Ron Cohen is the CEO of Sig Sauer, the company that produced one of the guns that was used in Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. You have probably never heard of Ron Cohen before. I know I never have. I tried to find a decent picture of him this weekend, but I came up empty. He may as well not exist.

      In the wake of the shootings, Cohen's name has appeared in a grand total of one Google alert. This is by design. You aren't supposed to know anything about Ron Cohen or about Sig Sauer. Every time a tragedy happens and you, Mr. Gun Control Advocate, decide to lash out at the NRA, or at "our national obsession with guns," or at the classic straw man hunter who needs a 50-bullet clip just to chase down a squirrel, you're doing Ron Cohen, Sig Sauer, and everyone else at Big Gun a huge favor.

      One of the amazing things about the gun control debate in America is the remarkable success with which gun manufacturers—Sig Sauer, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, The Freedom Group (yes, it's called the fucking Freedom Group)—have been able to avoid the conversation altogether. When you think of Glock, you think of a gun, and not of the company behind it. That needs to change. We've shit on cigarette companies for lying about cigarettes. We've shit on Roger Goodell and the NFL for underplaying head injuries. We're even making inroads against the sneaky bastards at BIG SUGAR for making us all hopeless fatasses. But here is an industry—firearms manufacturing—that makes products whose deadliness is disputed by NO ONE, not even the people who treasure those products. And yet the executives and shadowy international holding company execs—whose job is to flood the world with as many of these weapons as possible—skate by cloaked in blessed anonymity. Wanna know why nothing ever gets done about gun laws here in the US? This is why.

      Gun manufacturers have successfully managed to shift virtually all blame for lax gun laws in America onto their lobbyists and their customers. It's no coincidence that companies like Sig Sauer, Freedom Group and Glock (which also made one of the weapons used in the killings) are privately held. They strive for minimum transparency, and they have achieved it. The NRA, bless its heart, is a front—a perfect little whipping boy designed to weather all of your abuse so that Ron Cohen can drive to and from his office without a reporter shoving a microphone in front of his stupid fucking face.

      •  Good point. (4+ / 0-)
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        The SIG SAUER® management team is made up of experienced individuals that work together as a cohesive team to provide customers with the finest of products, training, and services in the firearms industry. The Swiss Industrial Group (SIG) sold SIGARMS® in October 2000, to Michael Lüke and Thomas Ortmeier, two German entrepreneurs. Mr. Lüke and Mr. Ortmeier, both successful in the industrial textile industry, were looking to expand into new business sectors. Their new ownership has provided SIG SAUER with a renewed sense of pride and ownership that is reflected in our commitment to our customers, suppliers and shareholders.
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        Luke and Ortmeier

        GLOCK, Inc.
         6000 Highlands Parkway
         Smyrna, GA 30082

        Carlos Guevara, Secretary & Chairman
        Gary Fletcher, Director & Vice President
        Wilhelm Goesseringer, Chief Executive Officer, President, & Director
        Joshua Dorsey, Treasurer, Director, & Vice President
        Wilhelm Goesseringer, President
        Chandler Mathis, Director & Vice President
        Anitra Dawkins, Secretary
        Minnie Williams, Vice-President
        Bob Elliott, Crdt Mgr
        Shelley Decker, Public Relations Director
        David Gerstenberger, Purchasing Agent
        Wilhelm Goesseringer, President & Director
        Kent Guntharp, Sales Director
        Chad Mathis, Operations Manager, Vice President
        Ted Mathis, Maintenance Manager
        Beth Njau, Purchasing Director
        Bob Schanen, Central Region Sales Manager
        James Shortill, Sales Director

        Smith & Wesson
        2100 Roosevelt Avenue
        Springfield, MA 01102

        Members of the Board of Directors
        Barry M. Monheit
        Robert L. Scott
        Michael F. Golden
        P. James Debney
        Robert H. Brust
        John B. Furman
        Mitchell A. Saltz
        I. Marie  Wadecki

        P. James Debney
        President and Chief Executive Officer

        Jeffrey D. Buchanan
        Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

        Michael J. Brown
        Vice President, U.S. Sales

        Robert J. Cicero
        Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary

        Mario Pasantes
        Senior Vice President, Marketing and International Sales

        Mark P. Smith
        VP Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

        Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc
        Corporate Headquarters
        Lacey Place
        Southport, CT 06890
        Fax: 203-256-3367

        Board of Directors
        C. Michael Jacobi, Chairman
        James E. Service, Chairman Emeritus
        John A. Cosentino, Jr., Vice-Chairman
        Amir P. Rosenthal
        Ronald C. Whitaker
        Phillip C. Widman
        Michael O. Fifer

        Michael O. Fifer,  Chief Executive Officer
        Thomas A. Dineen Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
        Mark T. Lang, Group Vice President
        Thomas P. Sullivan, Vice President of Newport Operations
        Leslie M. Gasper, Corporate Secretary
        Christopher J. Killoy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
        Steven M. Maynard, Vice President of Lean Business Development
        Kevin B. Reid, Sr., Vice President and General Counsel

        The Freedom Group
        Brands owned by The Freedom Group
        H&R 1871
        DPMS / Panther Arms
        PARA USA

        870 Remington Drive,  P.O. Box 1776
        Madison, North Carolina 27025-1776
        (336) 548-8700

        Board of Directors
        James P. Campbell, Lead Director
        Walter McLallen
        Jeffrey Bleustein
        Grant Gregory Jr.
        Michael Hagee USMC (Ret.)
        George Joulwan
        Edward Rensi
        Frank Savage
        James Pike
        David Bell George Zahringer II
        Bobby Brown

        George Kollitides II, CEO, Chairman, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Member of Executive Committee and Member of Audit & Compensation Committee
        Ronald E. Kolka, Chief Financial Officer
        Joseph P. Gross, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing
        E. Scott Blackwell, Chief Sales Officer

        Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

        by llbear on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 01:43:50 PM PST

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      is quite a rogue's gallery there. Most of the names I recognize belong to people I wouldn't give the time of day.

      Ted Nugent an icon? Please. The man (and I use the term loosely) is a never-was. Not even a has-been.

      Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

      by Jilly W on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:04:56 PM PST

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    •  I'd love to see a rundown of their (1+ / 0-)
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      military service/combat stats....

      "It's a great life if you don't weaken..." ~ says the mother of an old friend

      by mooshter on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:02:09 PM PST

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